#DSSP15 Artist of the Day: Denim Blue & Miclain Keith (DBMK)

Keeping things simple is probably one of the most complicated things that a musician could ever do. Ironic isn’t it? Denim Blue & Miclain Keith (DBMK) creates a really immersive and cinematic blend of sound, yet their indie pop is direct, deliberate, and extremely easy to relate to. In December of 2014 the two released The Abyss, their debut full-length album. The songs are introspective and intimate, but their sound is big, with reverberated guitar riffs, soulful vocals and great arrangements that echo artists such as Twenty One Pilots andThe Neighbourhood, but with an equally honest and less polished attitude.

The Bay Area local duo met at the GRAMMY Museum’s Music Revolution Project in Tampa, Florida during the summer of 2013. Since then they have been featured in The Tampa Bay Times, KTLA Channel 5 News, and PopVLTR Magazine, and their music is aired on 97X’s Local Motion and USF Bull’s Radio. They recently created and operate under their own independent record label, Kick Booty Records. Though they write, record, and market themselves as a duo, Denim Blue & Miclain Keith exclusively perform with a band, and have played stages spanning all across West and mid-Florida. Due to the outfit’s unique brand of highly energetic live performance, they have supported such acts as We The Kings, New Politics, Robert Delong, Panic! At The Disco, and AWOLNATION.

Though the group is relatively new, they have completely changed the way many view independent and local music by professionally releasing a music video for their song, “Rich Girls,” and performing at large music festivals such as FSC’s Southern Takeover, WMNF’s Tropical Heatwave, and Cox Media’s 97x Barbecue- all within six months of their first steps into the music scene. Much of the duo’s success can in fact be attributed to their constant professionalism, fan relationships, and electrifying stage performance. The two are currently working on their next album.